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Survey Shows College Students See Tablets as the Future of Higher Education



By Catherine Groux
Posted March 16, 2012 02:43 PM

A new survey shows tablets are becoming more popular among college students.
A new survey shows tablets are becoming more popular among college students.
On the heels of Apple's release of the new iPad, the Pearson Foundation published a survey that shows that college students use this technology for more than just playing games and browsing the web.

According to the survey, about 25% of college students own a tablet, compared to just 7% in 2011, and many of these individuals feel they are valuable academic tools. Today, about 90% of tablet owners said the device is useful for education purposes. While 75% of tablet users said they use theirs daily for school-related activities, about 60% said they find themselves using it multiple times each day.

Additionally, about half of students said they would be more likely to read textbooks on their tablets, since their reading can become more engaging with the tool's interactive material and access to social media. This year, about 70% of college students said they have read a digital textbook, which marks an increase from 62% last year.

As tablets continue to become popular, a majority of students feel they will completely phase out print textbooks. The survey shows that about 63% of degree seekers believe tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years.

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